Saturday, 30 August 2014

VENICE REPORT: IN THE BASEMENT


Ulrich Seidl's return to documentary filmmaking, In the Basement, has recently screened at the Venice Film Festival. Seidl's never gonna unite critics in either praise or condemnation, while his films are always likely to attract both in equal measure. Of the few reviews currently published for the disturbing portrait of the basement hobbies of Seidl's native Austrians, both ends of the spectrum are apparent: here's the evidence, in write-ups from Deborah Young at The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian and Guy Lodge at Variety.